Cigarettes After Sex

About Apocalypse

"Apocalypse" is a song by American band Cigarettes After Sex, released as the second single from their debut album Cigarettes After Sex on March 27, 2017. It was written and produced by vocalist Greg Gonzalez. It did not chart internationally until 2022, following its use in TikTok trends.


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You leapt from crumbling bridges watching cityscapes turn to dust
Filming helicopters crashing in the ocean from way above

Got the music in you baby, tell me why
Got the music in you baby, tell me why
You've been locked in here forever and you just can't say goodbye

Kisses on the foreheads of the lovers wrapped in your arms
You've been hiding them in hollowed out pianos left in the dark

Got the music in you baby, tell me why
Got the music in you baby, tell me why
You've been locked in here forever and you just can't say goodbye

Your lips, my lips, apocalypse
Your lips, my lips, apocalypse
Go and sneak us through the rivers flood is rising up on your knees, oh please
Come out and haunt me, I know you want me
Come out and haunt me

Sharing all your secrets with each other since you were kids
Sleeping soundly with the locket that she gave you clutched in your fist

Got the music in you baby, tell me why
Got the music in you baby, tell me why
You've been locked in here forever and you just can't say goodbye
You've been locked in here forever and you just can't say goodbye

Oh, when you're all alone, I will reach for you
When you're feeling low, I will be there, too

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Cigarettes After Sex

Cigarettes After Sex is an American ambient pop band formed in 2008, from El Paso, Texas, founded by Greg Gonzalez. The band is known for their ethereal and often dream-like musical style, lyrics often based on the themes of romance and love, as well as Gonzalez's voice, described as "androgynous". While marketed as an ambient pop band, Cigarettes After Sex are also considered to be shoegaze, dream pop and slowcore. The band's debut extended play (EP), I., was released in 2012, with the song "Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby" eventually becoming a sleeper hit through commercial licensing. After the release of the standalone single "Affection" in 2015, the band released their self-titled debut studio album on June 2017 to positive reviews. more »

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Written by: Gregory Steven Gonzalez

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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15 facts about this song

Album Information
"Apocalypse" is part of Cigarettes After Sex's self-titled album. That album is the band's debut studio album.
Release Date
The song Apocalypse was officially released on March 9, 2017.
The song fits within the Ambient Pop and Indie Pop genres. The band's music generally fits within the Shoegaze genre as well.
Song Meaning
The lyrics of "Apocalypse" tell a melancholic story, describing a relationship that feels as though it's coming to an end.
Recorded Location
It was recorded at the Sonic Ranch Recording Studio in Texas.
Music Video
The song's music video was filmed on the Greek island of Santorini.
The song "Apocalypse" is one of Cigarettes After Sex's most popular tracks on Spotify, racking up millions of plays since its release.
Band Members
The lead vocalist Greg Gonzalez is the primary songwriter and the band also includes keyboardist Phillip Tubbs, bassist Randy Miller, and drummer Jacob Tomsky.
The band's name, Cigarettes After Sex, was inspired by the idea of having intimacy, then smoking in the afterglow. This concept plays an integral part in the sentimental and emotional tone of "Apocalypse."
The band has cited various artists as influences for their overall style, including The Velvet Underground, Cocteau Twins, and Françoise Hardy, which can be also seen in the song "Apocalypse."
The lyrics are introspective and melancholic, a distinctive element of the band's style. "Apocalypse" lyrics encompasses themes of lost love and heartbreak.
Critical Reception
Critics have generally praised the song for its ethereal quality, emotional depth, and the band's unique combination of ambient and pop genres.
Streamed Live
The band has also performed "Apocalypse" live on several occasions, including during the KEXP radio show, a performance which is available for viewing on the KEXP Youtube channel.
Record Label
"Apocalypse" was released under Partisan Records, an independent American record label.
Other Significant Recordings
An acoustic version of "Apocalypse" was also released, demonstrating the band's versatility and song adaptability.

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